Governors Island

Manhattan, NY 10004
Governors Island


Governors Island is a former military outpost—it played a role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and the Coast Guard used it until the mid-1990s. Today the 172-acre island has blossomed into a recreational oasis just off the Lower Manhattan shore. A free seven-minute ferry ride brings fun-seekers to an idyllic setting where they can cycle (with their own wheels or a rented pair from Bike and Roll), picnic with a great view or enjoy free programming including art exhibitions, concerts and sporting events. The Hills, a topographic installation on the island, comprises four mounds; each offers incredible views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. Meanwhile, much of the island's military architecture lives on as the Governors Island National Monument. Visit for more information.

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There's nothing like a day at the ballpark, rooting on the home team. 1. Take part in a fantasy baseball draft at the New York Hilton Midtown, April 2–4. 2. Measure your fastball against that of the pros at the New York Hall of Science. 3. Learn more about those good old days your dad keeps mentioning at the Stickball Hall of Fame, in East Harlem. 4. Honor #55 at Go! 5. Take a walk to see the massive baseball card exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 6. Pore over the long-lost blueprints for Ebbets Field, former home of the Brooklyn Dodgers, at the Municipal Archives. 7. Catch a Pitch Talk about your favorite NYC ball club at BB King's Blues Club and Grill. 8. Pay homage to giants of the sport at Green-Wood Cemetery and Woodlawn. 9. Watch baseball the way it was once played, at Governors Island, Old Stone House Park, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and MCU Park.  


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